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    Quick Hits: Rangers Sidestep Smith Disaster While NHL Flirts with Houston

    Parity Party

    In an Eastern Conference playoff race where just two points separate the New Jersey Devils, currently first in the Metropolitan division, and the Washington Capitals, who sit in the second wild card, it’s kind of incredible that the Rangers won six straight games and still weren't in a playoff spot. Amazing still, despite dropping two straight, they’re still just five points out of the division lead.



    Steady the Scope and Wait for the Shot

    Given the prorated nature of the league’s salary cap, what are the chances the Rangers actually pull off an early trade to bring in a desired middle-six center before the trade deadline? Even with an estimated $2.5M in available cap as of today, it’s rare that NHL clubs agree to sizable deals this early in the season. A deal closer to the February 28th trading deadline is far more likely than one before Christmas, let alone U.S. Thanksgiving.



    Cap Not So Crunched

    Assuming the report of upwards of $5B in revenue for the NHL this season, an $82M salary cap, give or take a few bucks, would sure go a long way for the Rangers next season with new deals due to key RFAs Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Brady Skjei, and Boo Nieves.



    Other topics in this week’s Quick Hits: a fourth NHL lockout, Houston relocation, Gudas, Brendan Smith, and more.

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    Are we really going to pretend inserting Auston Matthews back into a lineup on a win streak is the same as inserting Brendan Smith back in?

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    I realize they're not the same caliber player, but the logic is consistent, so yes.
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    The caliber of player makes a huge difference in these situations.

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    Some. It doesn't change the logic, however. Especially when the player being scratched is demonstrably better than the one playing over him.

    Substitute Matthews for players farther down the pecking order. If the Leafs won six straight with Polak playing over Zaitsev, would you not see the problem?
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    I was going to do a lengthy post on parity this morning I deleted most of.

    It's totally bonkers. There's an EXPANSION team in a playoff spot.

    As much as my inclination is to burn it all down and start over, I wonder what the point is when the result is far from guaranteed, even for teams that land the generational guys like Eichel, McDavid or Matthews.

    Buffalo and Edmonton are two of the three poster children for thus type of thing and they're both currently in the bottom of the league. Toronto is sexy and fun are winning a lot of games but they still have some flaws and all of a sudden are only about 3 years away from having to dismantle it all anyways. There's no perfect answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    I was going to do a lengthy post on parity this morning I deleted most of.

    It's totally bonkers. There's an EXPANSION team in a playoff spot.

    As much as my inclination is to burn it all down and start over, I wonder what the point is when the result is far from guaranteed, even for teams that land the generational guys like Eichel, McDavid or Matthews.

    Buffalo and Edmonton are two of the three poster children for thus type of thing and they're both currently in the bottom of the league. Toronto is sexy and fun are winning a lot of games but they still have some flaws and all of a sudden are only about 3 years away from having to dismantle it all anyways. There's no perfect answer.
    This "parity" at this point of the season isn't really that uncommon. Last season at this part of the season in the Eastern Conference, Colombus was in 6th (23 points) and Buffalo was in 14th (18 points). That's 9 teams within 5 points of each other, while 6 of them were technically outside of the playoffs looking in. The team in last at this time a season ago, the Islanders with 14 points, ended up 9th just one point from a playoff spot. Meanwhile, New Jersey (21 points) ended up last in the East (70 total).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    I was going to do a lengthy post on parity this morning I deleted most of.

    It's totally bonkers. There's an EXPANSION team in a playoff spot.

    As much as my inclination is to burn it all down and start over, I wonder what the point is when the result is far from guaranteed, even for teams that land the generational guys like Eichel, McDavid or Matthews.

    Buffalo and Edmonton are two of the three poster children for thus type of thing and they're both currently in the bottom of the league. Toronto is sexy and fun are winning a lot of games but they still have some flaws and all of a sudden are only about 3 years away from having to dismantle it all anyways. There's no perfect answer.
    Getting rid of the salary cap is the answer.

    If that means you lose 4 teams who can't compete because of finances, even better.

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    Totally agree, it's also never going to happen.

    I think Baseball does it right where you have lots of control over youngsters, are unable to trade draft picks, and are compensated when they leave.

    Your big teams get to be big teams, but the small teams also make bank due to revenue sharing and they also all cyclically compete as their systems mature and good drafting is rewarded.

    I also like the Euro Soccer (but also hockey) version of relegation and promotion. We'll never have that, obviously.

    It's weird, Capitalist America wants to run their sports leagues like subsidized, socialist enterprises whilst Socialist Europe wants to run their leagues as free market, strong survive type enterprises. That's not meant to be political, it's just an interesting dichotomy that's always grabbed my attention.

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    I think a compromise is to just have no salary cap on players you drafted - or a different cap than those you sign as a FA. That would encourage players to stay loyal to teams and prevent teams from getting punished from drafting well.

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    Please, no more expansion. Houston is the fourth largest metro in the country and Dallas has done fine, so there should be a team there. But so long as Bettman can extract more in expansion fees than move fees, he won't put Raleigh, Miami or Phoenix out their misery.

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